Year 2 Newsletter – Term 3 Week 2

Dear Parents

Welcome back to Term 3! We trust you have had an enjoyable break from the routine. Some of you enjoyed time at home in Hong Kong and some of you travelled far and wide; we have enjoyed hearing all about it from the students. As ever, we have a busy term ahead: Book Week, mufti days and the Early Childhood play, to name but a few. Lots to enjoy and plenty of fun to be had with our learning!

Our English over the next couple of weeks will be focused on the differences between writing to Persuade, Inform and Entertain. Initially, we will be looking closely at writing to persuade: the specific language used and how to structure a persuasive text. We will also continue with our phonics programme and our SHARP reading sessions.

In Mathematics, we have been concentrating on Place Value. The students have been consolidating their understanding of Thousands, Hundreds, Tens and Ones and how the position of each digit determines its value. We have played games, embarked on problem solving and undertaken some written tasks, allowing differentiation for different needs and a variety of different styles of learning to keep engagement high.

We have begun our Geography unit into how different locations in the world are represented on globes, maps, digitally etc and our connections to these places. We have used globes, maps and Google Earth to introduce us to scale.

As you can imagine, the next few weeks will be very busy preparing for the Early Childhood play, Stella the Starfish. Please look out for notices asking for help or resources. As always, remember to note the upcoming dates in your diary.

Finally, a very warm AISHK welcome to our new families. We have James and Finn in 2M, Finlay, Kaspar and Jasmine in 2B and Ty in 2S. It has been so lovely getting to know the kids and we look forward to meeting all the new parents.

Stella the Starfish

Our biennial Early Childhood production is getting closer by the day. Students will perform in multiple shows in Week 8, so keep that week completely free! All of Early Childhood have been working hard to learn their class songs during Music and are getting very excited for their moment in the spotlight. More information will be coming out over the next few weeks. Please be sure to check the Dhanara. Tickets are free, however, we will be asking guests for a donation at the start of the show. Families are limited to 4 tickets only as there will be over 300 families attending the shows.

Year Two Assembly (Friday 6th September) – CANCELLED

Due to the busy schedule of our students during the last few weeks of the term, we have taken the decision to cancel our Week 7 assembly. We have made this choice with the students best interests in mind and look forward to our next assembly, which will take place during Term 4. We look forward to seeing you there!

Library News from Mrs Atkins

Term Three is always a wonderful celebration of children’s literature at AISHK. The theme for Book Week 2019 is ‘Reading is my Super Power’ and reading does indeed give us powers: the power to walk in the shoes of others through their stories; the power to escape into other worlds; the power to improve vocabulary and imagination…the list goes on. In weeks 1-3, all classes will read the shortlisted picture books and in week 4, the boys and girls will vote for their favourite book. The winners will be announced during the Book Week assemblies.

Our Book Week celebrations will be held in Week 5. This year, students may borrow from the Library on their scheduled day and we will host special activities throughout the week. On Friday 23rd August, we have the following events:

  • Students may dress up as their favourite book character or perhaps their costume will be connected to this year’s theme.
  • Parade-all classes will parade on the field from 8:15am-8:35am. There will be a class photo opportunity at approximately 8:30am. This year, secondary students also have the opportunity to join in.
  • Early Childhood Assembly will be held at 8:45-9:15
  • Primary Assembly will be held at 9:25-10:05

Reading Challenge

This year, we are trying something completely new for our Primary Reading Challenge (P-6) which will run from 12th August. More information will be sent out closer to the date.

Reading Photos

I have received some wonderful photos of the boys and girls reading over the holidays. If you haven’t had the chance to email one through, it’s not too late. I’d love to collect some more photos from you of your children reading for a Library display. Perhaps you happened to snap a great photo when you were on your recent holiday? Please email photos to library@aishk.edu.hk

New to the Library-Ebooks and Audiobooks

Ebooks and audiobooks now available for AISHK students anytime and anywhere!

https://aishk.wheelers.co/

Use this link and log in with your school email to access your account. Download the app on your device and start reading or listening to books. If you are after a particular book we don’t have in the library, you may request it via email (library@aishk.edu.hk) or within the app on your device.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

  • 31 July Jacaranda Mufti Day
  • 9 August Value Stars Awards Assembly
  • 10 August Summer Soiree @ AISHK
  • 21 August Year 2 Recital
  • 23 August Book Week Assembly
  • 28 August Eucalypt Mufti Day
  • 6 September Year 2 Assembly
  • Saturday 13 September Mid-Autumn Festival (not a holiday)
  • 20 September Last day of school – mufti for all students and half day (12:00pm finish)

The Year 2 Team